Top Family Attractions in Spain
One of the most popular destinations for a family holiday, Spain has plenty of attractions to keep youngsters entertained — after all, happy kids equal happy adults!
We have rounded up a selection of unmissable days out in some of the most frequently visited areas of Spain (including some of the Spanish islands), to give you a few ideas of where you can take your family.
Don’t forget: with one of our hire cars, you will be able to make your own way to the attractions (so you can enjoy them at a pace that suits you, rather than sticking to the schedules of organised excursions).
The biggest water park on the Costa del Sol, Aqualand in Torremolinos is the perfect place for teenagers and older kids to get their thrills — but you will also find a wave pool, two Jacuzzis and four areas dedicated to young children.
Whether you want slides with near-vertical drops, perilous twists and turns or ones with multiple lanes so you can race against each other, the park has something for everyone. Open from May to September, Aqualand is just a 20-minute drive along the A7 from Malaga.
Calle Cuba, 10, 29620 Torremolinos, Málaga, Spain. The park is open 11am-6pm in May, June and September, and 11am-7pm in July and August. Entry prices vary depending on your height (as a guide, it costs €26 for people taller than 1.4m, and €18.50 for people between 1.1 and 1.4m).
Selwo Marina Delfinarium, Benalmádena
This fascinating animal park is where you can watch dolphin and sea-lion shows, and see other exhibitions featuring penguins and exotic birds. Sure to captivate and amaze the whole family, the park is also home to various other animals — such as squirrel monkeys, turtles and flamingos.
If you want to make your day even more memorable, why not book one of the ‘experiences’ (where you can get up close and personal with the dolphins, penguins or sea-lions)?
Lugar Parque Paloma, 29639 Benalmádena, Málaga, Spain. Opening hours depend on the time of the year. Ticket prices at the gate are €19.50 for over-10s, and €14.95 for children aged 3-9 and seniors aged 65+. Children under 3 years are admitted free of charge. Ticket prices are a bit cheaper if you book online.
Tivoli World, Benalmádena
Boasting more than 40 rides and attractions (from a free-fall tower to a Ferris wheel), Tivoli World caters to all ages. The park is the ideal place to spend a few hours with the whole family (there are even Flamenco dancing and Western-themed shows during the high season).
Avenida del Tivoli, 29631 Benalmádena, Málaga, Spain. Opening times depend on the time of year. A wristband which gives you unlimited rides costs €14.95.
Around a 30-minute drive from Malaga, Bioparc Fuengirola is a zoo where you will find animals in naturalistic settings — immersing you into the animals’ native environments. Home to birds, mammals and reptiles (such as leopards, meerkats, chimpanzees, crocodiles and snakes), the zoo is a fun yet educational day out.
Calle Camilo José Cela, 6, 29640 Fuengirola, Málaga, Spain. The park is open every day, although opening hours depend on the time of year. Admission costs €19.50 for over-9s, €14.50 for over-65s and €13.50 for children aged 3-9. Children under 3 years are admitted free of charge.
Home to over 450 different species (from seaweed to seahorses and stingrays to sharks), Barcelona Aquarium is at the city’s Port Vell Marina. The Mediterranean-themed aquarium is one of the biggest in Europe, and it has plenty to entertain and educate both children and adults alike — from the ‘Explora!’ children’s area to the 80-metre, transparent tunnel where you can watch fish and sharks swim over your head.
Moll d'Espanya del Port Vell, 08039 Barcelona, Spain. The aquarium is open all year round, but opening hours vary throughout the year. Entry costs €20 for over-10s, €18 for seniors (aged 65+), €15 for children aged 5-10 and €7 for children aged 3-4. Children under the age of 3 are admitted free of charge.
CosmoCaixa Science Museum
The perfect place for an educational and fun day out (especially on a rainy day!), the CosmoCaixa Science Museum boasts a number of exhibitions and interactive displays dedicated to the environment, science, nature and space — as well as a planetarium and a library. The hands-on exhibits will appeal to both children and adults, helping the whole family to expand their scientific knowledge.
Carrer d' Isaac Newton, 26, 08022 Barcelona, Spain. The museum is open Tuesday-Sunday from 10am-8pm. Entry costs €3, but children under 6 years old are admitted free of charge.
Barcelona is a great place to visit if you want the best of both a city break and a beach holiday in one trip. Barceloneta is the city’s main beach, and it has plenty to keep youngsters occupied while the adults relax in the sun — including games areas for children, sports facilities, ice-cream kiosks and even free Wi-Fi for those who don’t like being away from their gadgets!
Found in the popular tourist resort of Salou (about an hour and 20 minutes from Barcelona by car), PortAventura is the biggest theme park in Spain. Featuring six areas themed around different corners of the world (like China and Polynesia), the park has rides suitable for everyone — from young children to thrill-seekers (including the tallest, fastest roller coaster in Europe).
Away from the rides, you can enjoy the impressive, family-friendly shows packed with music, singing and dancing — PortAventura even has a water park if you want to cool off and have some fun way from the rides.
Avinguda de l'Alcalde Pere Molas, 43840 Vila-seca, Tarragona, Spain. Opening hours vary depending on the time of year, and the park is closed on various dates from November-March. Entry costs €45 for over-11s, and €39 for over-60s & children aged 4-10. Children aged 3 years and under are admitted free of charge.
Terra Mitica, Benidorm
Terra Mitica is a family-friendly theme park in bustling Benidorm. From log flumes and roller coasters to interactive rides and a selection of attractions dedicated to young children, the park has something for everyone to enjoy — no matter how tame or thrilling you like your rides! When you've had enough adrenaline-pumping action, you can always relax and enjoy one of the daily shows dotted around the park.
Partida del Moralet, 03502 Benidorm, Alicante, Spain. Opening hours vary depending on the time of year, but in the summer months the park is generally open from 10am until midnight. Entry costs €38 for over-12s, and €24 for over-65s & children aged 4-12. Children aged 3 and under are admitted free of charge.
Aqualandia is a large water park with plenty of slides to keep the whole family entertained. Boasting a number of exhilirating slides, the park also has a wave pool, a Jacuzzi, a pool with waterfalls and a ‘lazy river’ for when you want to slow down the pace. For children, there are two dedicated areas with sprinklers, slides and obstacle courses.
Parque Natural Sierra Helada, 03503 Benidorm, Alicante, Spain. The park is generally open from May-September, with opening hours varying throughout the season.
Twinned with Aqualandia is Mundomar — where you can watch dolphin, parrot and sea-lion shows, and see the other exotic animals which call the park their home. To make your visit even more memorable, you can swim or have your photo taken with the dolphins and/or the sea-lions (although extra charges apply).
C/ Sierra Helada, 03503 Benidorm, Alicante, Spain. The park is generally open from April-October between 10am and 6pm. Entry costs €29 for over-12s, and €24 for over-65s & children aged 4-12 years. Children under 3 years are admitted free of charge.
Valor Chocolate Factory, Villajoyosa
One of the oldest and most famous chocolate factories in Spain, the Valor Chocolate Factory is in the picturesque town of Villajoyosa, a few kilometres south of Benidorm. Tours of the site are free, and you will learn about the process of chocolate making from bean to bar — you can even sample some of the delicious delights on offer!
The town of Villajoyosa itself is well worth exploring after you've visited the chocolate factory. Home to fascinating architecture, brightly coloured houses and 3km of sandy beaches, the town is a great place to pass a few hours.
Pianista Gonzalo Soriano 13, 03570, Villajoyosa, Alicante, Spain. Tours run all week, apart from Sundays and public holidays when the museum is closed. Admission is free.
Around 25km south-west of central Madrid, Parque Warner has plenty of rides and shows that will appeal to the whole family. Divided into five themed areas, it's based around famous Warner Brothers characters. The park has rides to suit all ages — from exhilarating roller coasters and vertical drop towers to water rides and a ‘cartoon village’ dedicated to young children. Parque Warner also has a water park, providing the perfect place to cool off.
M-301, 28330 San Martín de la Vega, Madrid, Spain. Opening hours depend on the time of year. Entry costs €39.90 for adults, €30 for seniors and €29.90 for children.
Casa de Campo
This beautiful park (and former royal hunting ground) is just west of Madrid city centre, and it has plenty to keep youngsters entertained — including numerous play areas, a pond where you can rent boats and feed the ducks and a cable car which provides panoramic views over the city.
The numerous paths can either be explored on foot or bicycle, making the park a great place to escape the hustle and bustle of the city.
Paseo Puerta del Angel, 28011 Madrid, Spain. The park is open daily. The cable car runs every day from April-September, and just at weekends from October-March. The hours of operation for the cable car can vary depending on the time of year.
Visit the Bernabéu Stadium and the Real Madrid Museum
A ‘must-do’ for any football fan, the Bernabéu Stadium and the Real Madrid Museum are a great way to pass a few hours while in the city. You can take a 1.5-hour tour of the stadium, where you will see the dressing room, press room, tunnel, dugouts and pitch (to name but a few), as well as getting a panoramic view of the famous stadium. The museum provides a fascinating insight into the history of the club, housing a selection of artefacts and memorabilia from over the years (including all the cups the team has ever won).
Av de Concha Espina, 1, 28036 Madrid, Spain. The stadium is open every day, except for Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Tours generally run from 10am-7pm from Monday-Saturday, and 10.30am-6.30pm on Sundays and public holidays, although times can vary on match days. Tours cost €19 for over-15s and €13 for children aged 14 and under.
This vast nature park is home to a wide range of species from around the world — from sea-lions and penguins to crocodiles, kangaroos and lemurs.
With both indoor and outdoor exhibits, the park boasts the largest reconstruction of a polar eco-system in the whole of Europe, as well as a rainforest reconstruction where you can see colourful birds and reptiles in their natural environment. To make your visit even more memorable, you can book a hands-on experience with a selection of the animals.
Av. Comunidades, 28, 28032 Madrid, Spain. Opening hours vary depending on the time of year. Entry costs €25.95 for over-8s, and €19.95 for over-65s & children aged 3-7. Children under the age of 3 are admitted free of charge.
Golf Fantasia, Palma Nova
Golf Fantasia in the resort of Palma Nova is the ideal place to unleash your competitive streak! Why not challenge the family to a few rounds of mini-golf? The complex features three 18-hole courses set among caves, waterfalls and tropical gardens.
C/ Tenis, 3, 07610 Palma Nova, Balearic Islands, Spain. The park is usually open from April-October, with opening hours varying throughout the season.
Pirates Adventure, Magaluf
Despite its hedonistic reputation, the resort of Magaluf has a number of family-friendly attractions — like the Pirates Adventure Show. Combining comedy, dance and spectacular acrobatics, the show is sure to thrill the whole family. You also get dinner included in the ticket price, making it an all-round fantastic night of entertainment.
Camí Porrassa, 12, 07181 Magaluf, Balearic Islands, Spain. The show takes place every day between April and October. Prices vary depending on which seating you opt for and which month you visit. Children under 2 years old are admitted free of charge at all times (although they are not allocated a seat and must sit on your lap).
La Reserva Adventure Park, Puig de Galtzó
Near the village of Puigpunyent, La Reserva is the ultimate action-packed day out on the island. Featuring climbing walls, zip-lines and suspension bridges for you to traverse, the park is set in a lush forest with a 3.5km hiking trail and refreshing waterfalls that you can take a dip in when you’re ready to cool off. You can also enjoy the enchanting birds of prey flight demonstration, while younger visitors can feed the farm animals.
Predio Son Net s/n, 07194 Puigpunyent, Sierra de Tramuntana, Mallorca, Balearic Islands, Spain. Opening times vary throughout the year.
Kartingmania, Puerto Alcudia
Kartingmania at the Bellevue Hotel in Puerto Alcudia is a great way to pass a few hours. The go-karting sessions are tailored to adults, teenagers and younger children, and ability and experience are also taken into consideration — so you will only be racing against people of a similar age and level of skill. You can turn up at the track at any time, without having to book in advance.
Avinguda de Pedro Mas i Reus, 07410 Port d'Alcúdia, Spain. The go-karting track is open every day from 9.30am-midnight.
One of the most spectacular water parks in Europe, Siam Park has plenty of attractions to please visitors both young and old. Featuring hair-raising slides, an exhilarating wave pool and a relaxing ‘lazy river’, the park also has dedicated areas for children — so little ones are well catered for as well.
Away from the slides, you will find a floating market that’s designed to look like an authentic Thai village, and a group of sea-lions splashing about in their own pool.
Autopista TFE 1, Salida 28, 38670 Adeje, Tenerife, Spain. The park is open from 10am-5pm from November-April, and 10am-6pm from May-October. Entry costs €34 for people aged 12+ and €23 for children aged3-11. Children under the age of 3 are admitted free of charge.
On the outskirts of Puerto de la Cruz on the north coast of the island, Loro Parque is home to a wide range of animal and plant species, covering an area of 13.5 hectares. The main focus of the park is on its marine life, with killer-whale, dolphin and sea-lion shows for you to enjoy — as well as an aquarium with 12 themed exhibits. Some of the other animals at the park include parrots, sloths, meerkats, gorillas, penguins and jaguars.
Av. Loro Parque, 8400 Puerto de la Cruz, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain. The park is open every day from 8.30am-6.45pm. Entry costs €34 for over-12s and €23 for children aged 6-11 years. Children under the age of 6 are admitted free of charge.
For a unique experience, why not visit the camel park (just a short drive from the popular tourist resorts of Playa de Las Americas, Los Cristianos and Costa Adeje) and enjoy a scenic camel ride through rural surroundings? There is also a farm at the site, as well as a restaurant where you can sample traditional Canarian cuisine.
Ctra. Gral. s/n Los Cristianos-La Camella, 38627 La Camella, Arona, Tenerife, Spain. The park is open Monday-Saturday from 10am-5pm, and on Sundays as well in July, August and September. There are different ticket packages available, but a 30-minute camel ride costs €15 for adults and €8 for children.
Take a Segway Tour
Segway tours are an entertaining way of exploring your resort, and ideal for keeping teenagers occupied. There are a number of companies offering the tours, most of which begin with a practical session to get you used to manoeuvring the Segway. Once you’re comfortable, you will be able to take in the sights without having to walk for miles!
Prices vary depending on which company you book a tour with, but as a guide, a one-hour tour costs around €25 and a two-hour tour is about €45. You will find Segway tours in most of Tenerife’s main tourist resorts.
Designed for strong swimmers who are over a metre in height, Ocean Mania is an inflatable obstacle course floating on the sea. Made up of slides, climbing walls, tunnels and trampolines, the course is inspired by the TV show ‘Total Wipeout’. Two lifeguards monitor the course at all times, and life jackets are provided for your safety.
The course is in San Antonio Bay, in front of the Ocean Beach Club. It’s open from 11am-8pm. Different tickets are available, but a 45-minute session costs €10.
Air Zone Ibiza
A great day out for thrill-seeking families, Air Zone Ibiza is the place to go if you want to try zorbing (rolling down a hill in an inflatable ball) — you will be securely strapped in and then rolled down a track almost 200ft in length. If you want to take things up a gear, you can always take on the ‘Vortex’ (rolling down the slope in a water-filled ball, without any harnesses!).
If you want to bring out your family’s competitive side, why not have a game of ‘Bumper’? Simply position your upper body in one of the inflatable balls, then run at each other in an attempt to knock over the other players.
Air Zone Ibiza, Cami des Moli No.3, 08729 Cala de Bou, San Antonio Bay, Ibiza. The park is generally open from May until the end of September, but opening hours depend on the time of year.
Aquarium Cap Blanc
Situated in a natural cave just outside San Antonio Bay, the aquarium houses a number of sea creatures from the Mediterranean waters around Ibiza. There’s a wooden walkway which takes you along the main tank, and there’s information about the different species at various points along the way. The aquarium also works to protect local marine life, and specialises in the recuperation of injured turtles before their release back into the sea.
Carretera Cala Gració S/N (Frente Hotel Tanit), 07820 Sant Antoni de Portmany, Spain. The aquarium is open from 10am-2pm from November to April, 10am-7pm throughout May and October, and 10am-10pm from June -September. Entry costs €4.80 for over-12s and €2.80 for children aged 4-12. Children aged 3 years and under are admitted free of charge.
Enjoy a competitive, action-packed day out at the Paintball Lounge Party centre (a short drive from San Antonio Bay). Suitable for anyone over the age of 12 (making it great for families travelling with teenagers), the centre offers a range of different games which can be played alone, in pairs or in groups.
If you want to chill out after your game, you can take a walk round the tropical gardens, have a dip in the pool, unwind in the lounge or grab a bite to eat at the Vietnamese barbecue.
Carretera Eivissa-Sant Antoni, 13, 07820 Sant Antoni de Portmany, Ibiza, Spain. The centre is open all year round from 10am-10pm. One game costs €15, and includes 100 balls.
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